F3: Hauger beats Schumacher to pole with sensational late lap

Championship leader Dennis Hauger pulled off a spectacular late lap to deny David Schumacher pole for the first time in Formula 3 and get his title bid back on track after a difficult Round 5 in Spa. Missing out on pole to the PREMA by a tenth, the Trident driver will start from the front row for the first time ahead of MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins.

Ayumu Iwasa’s Hitech Grand Prix led the cars around for their first tour of Zandvoort in Qualifying, but it was Jack Doohan who topped the order at the end of the first flying laps, the Trident racer beating Frederik Vesti with a time of 1:25.630.

A few of the field dived in for fresh rubber with 20 minutes to go, but Hauger stayed out to punch in a statement of intent. The Red Bull junior scored just six points in Spa, but appeared to be back on the pace in Zandvoort, launching from fifth to first with a tour of 1:25.167.

David Schumacher

Neither Schumacher nor Arthur Leclerc could match the Championship leader, but they were able to jump to second and third, before diving into the pits with the remainder of the field for a freshen up.

Schumacher set a sensational lap as he started his second run, going purple in both the first and second sector to snatch provisional pole from Hauger. The PREMA attempted to respond, but couldn’t find any more time.

A final run of push laps was interrupted by a spin from Hunter Yeany, who lost the rear at Turn 3 and spun to a stop. The Charouz Racing System driver momentarily brought out a Red Flag but was able to get going again with four minutes of the session to spare.

Although sufficient time remained for another lap, the field had taken a significant chunk out of their Pirelli rubber and were tasked with getting them back up to temperature.

All eyes were on Hauger who would need a mammoth effort to displace Schumacher. The Norwegian delivered on that front, pulling purple first and second sectors out of the bag to beat the German’s excellent effort by more than a tenth, setting 1:24.580.

Martins was the last man across the line and beat out Trident pairing Doohan and Clément Novalak to third with a last gasp lap.

His teammate, Collet, had done enough to hold on to sixth ahead of Jak Crawford and Alex Smolyar, despite not improving on his final run. Iwasa and Leclerc’s earlier efforts were also good enough to hold onto spots in the top 10.

Finishing 12th overall, Campos Racing’s Amaury Cordeel will start ahead of Logan Sargeant in Saturday’s reverse grid Race 1, which takes place at 1035 local time.

Qualifying 1 Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Dennis Hauger Prema Powerteam 1m24.580s 0.000s
2 David Schumacher Trident 1m24.715s 0.135
3 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m24.885s 0.305
4 Jack Doohan Trident 1m24.939s 0.359
5 Clement Novalak Trident 1m24.961s 0.381
6 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m25.031s 0.451
7 Jak Crawford HitechGP 1m25.274s 0.694
8 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m25.345s 0.765
9 Ayumu Iwasa HitechGP 1m25.403s 0.823
10 Arthur Leclerc Prema Powerteam 1m25.422s 0.842
11 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 1m25.556s 0.976
12 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m25.567s 0.987
13 Rafael Villagómez HWA AG 1m25.574s 0.994
14 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m25.612s 1.032
15 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m25.612s 1.032
16 Olli Caldwell Prema Powerteam 1m25.752s 1.172
17 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m25.752s 1.172
18 Oliver Rasmussen HWA AG 1m25.786s 1.206
19 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1m25.799s 1.219
20 Roman Staněk HitechGP 1m25.886s 1.306
21 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m25.892s 1.312
22 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m26.047s 1.467
23 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 1m26.077s 1.497
24 Matteo Nannini HWA AG 1m26.157s 1.577
25 Tijmen van MP Motorsport 1m26.261s 1.681
26 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m26.292s 1.712
27 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m26.409s 1.829
28 László Tóth Campos Racing 1m26.638s 2.058
29 Hunter Yeany Charouz Racing System 1m27.507s 2.927
30 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System 1m27.726s 3.146